SHREVEPORT, La. — Tomorrow’s Technician magazine and Chicago Pneumatic announced today that Caddo Career & Technology Center, located in Shreveport, La., is the Tomorrow’s Technician/Chicago Pneumatic 2010 School of the Year.
At left: The Rich Evans-designed trophy was presented Tuesday to Caddo Career & Technical Center’s automotive instructors, school officials and students.
As the 2010 School of the Year, Caddo Career & Technology Center received $10,000 worth of Chicago Pneumatic tools and $5,000 in WIX Filters. On hand to present the award and tools to the school were representatives from Tomorrow’s Technician, Chicago Pneumatic, WIX Filters and custom hot rod designer, builder and painter Rich Evans of Huntington Beach Bodyworks.
“Caddo Career & Technology Center won the most highly contested School of the Year contest yet; they should be very proud of their achievement,” said Danielle Stevens, marketing manager for Chicago Pneumatic. “We strive every year to pick the most deserving school as School of the Year, but all 162 schools that entered the competition are worthy of our praise, support and commendation.”
Selected from more than 300 applications nominating more than 160 schools, Caddo Career & Technology Center won the third-annual award based on its dedication to education, commitment to career placement and award-winning instructors and students. The instructors of the Automotive Technology program at Caddo Career & Technology Center have more than 84 years of experience in the automotive field and display a true passion for the future of their 140 students.
“We are extremely grateful to receive the 2010 School of the Year award on behalf of CCTC,” said Gary Weese, lead automotive instructor at Caddo Career & Technology Center. “The success of our students and our program wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated team of administrators, instructors, and local community and industry supporters.”
The other three finalists for the 2010 School of the Year, Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, Colo.; Spokane Community College, Spokane, Wash.; and Carroll County Career & Technology Center, Westminster, Md., will each receive $5,000 worth of Chicago Pneumatic tools and $2,500 in WIX Filters.
“As a company that places such a heavy emphasis on technician education, WIX is thrilled to be involved in such a special program,” said Jeff Blocher, brand manager for WIX Filters. “The more students learn today, the better resource they’ll be to their customers down the road; that’s the mantra we live by, and it’s very satisfying to see so many schools across the country share in this belief.”
The 2010 School of the Year will be featured in the May issue of Tomorrow’s Technician.